IMPROVING OFFSHORE SAFETY BY MANAGING HUMAN RISK

We are delighted to be working alongside Premier Oil and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) on a ground-breaking new project to address a key challenge facing our industry; how to identify, measure and manage the risks posed by human behaviours to impact safe and predictable offshore operations.

The project, which is one of the first to be awarded by the OGTC’s Digital Solutions Centre, will focus on combining predictive technology and data science with psychology to map an organisation’s ‘behavioural DNA’. 

OPEX data scientist reviews smart behaviour analysis

By working with leading behavioural psychologists, we have devised a new diagnostic service that provides key insights into the behavioural profile of individuals; helping organisations to gain a clear picture of the levels of behavioural risk across their workforce and operations.

Jamie Bennett, CEO of OPEX Group, explains more about the project; “Despite decades of training programmes, tightening of procedures and investment in safety cultures, the task of proactively managing human risk remains one of the greatest challenges facing the oil and gas industry today.  Research shows that human errors contribute to as many as 90% of incidents.

“Current approaches to understand safety behaviours rely on surveys that give us an insight into what employees think and feel.  The piece of the puzzle that is missing - a blindspot - is an understanding of how these individuals are going to act and behave - and the impact those behaviours will have on offshore operations.

“Through this project we will use predictive technologies and data science to analyse behavioural insights gained from core crews and correlate it to vast amounts of historic incident data from Premier’s offshore assets. 

“Our aim is to work alongside Premier to greatly strengthen the safety and predictability of their offshore operations in what has previously been a difficult area to quantify in the oil and gas industry.”

Stephen Ashley, Digital Transformation Solution Centre Manager for the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, said: “Advances in digital technology present a significant opportunity to improve the safety of operations offshore.

"We’ve seen predictive analytics and data science deliver improvements in production and efficiency, and we want to achieve even greater gains for safety. We look forward to working with OPEX and Premier on this exciting project.”